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Lowes Foods Pledges Support to the North Carolina 10% Campaign ~ One more way that Lowes Foods is good for you and the community! -- Winston-Salem, NC - March 12, 2012
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Lowes Foods has recently partnered with NC State University, NC A&T State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and pledges to be a major partner of the 10% Campaign, which is a North Carolina initiative that was created to encourage consumers to spend 10 percent of their food budget on locally-produced food.

The 10% Campaign was launched in 2010 by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a partnership of N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In 18 months, the campaign’s website has recorded more than $13 million in local foods purchases by more than 4,500 individual consumers and 500 businesses.

Lowes Foods already exceeds the 10% locally grown goal for fresh fruits and vegetables in their North Carolina stores during the North Carolina growing season. The company is striving to sell even more this year. They are seeking North Carolina products across many categories including seafood and packaged products. The company is actively working with farmers to teach them the best way to get their products through the distribution system of a large grocery chain. Lowes Foods will again be offering their “Locally Grown Club” program this summer which is a convenient way for customers to purchase a box of locally grown produce each week.

“Lowes Foods represents the largest grocery chain to sign on to the 10% Campaign, with over one hundred stores in North Carolina alone” said Teisha Wymore, coordinator of the 10% Campaign. “Our mission is aligned with what Lowes Foods and their sister company, Merchants Distributors, Inc., are doing by being supportive of their local growers and by making a commitment to buy seasonally-available and locally-grown produce,” Wymore said.

Lowes Foods is proud to partner with such a great program that focuses so closely on the local communities and the need to support these businesses by buying locally grown and manufactured goods. Richard McKellogg, Produce Director for Lowes Foods says, “Our commitment to buying local has not waivered nor do we view this as a trend. Each year we continue to focus more of our resources toward this initiative to support our local neighbors.”

For more information, or if you would like to learn how to become a supporter of the 10% Campaign, please visit www.nc10percent.com .

About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 9000 people and operates 107 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The company is committed to offering fabulous fresh foods and delivering personal attention to each of its customers.  Family-owned and Carolinas-based, Lowes Foods is also committed to buying local products and supporting local suppliers.  They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and an online meal planner that focus on saving people time and money. Information about these programs and other services offered by the company may be found at www.lowesfoods.com or by following Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter.

 

About Alex Lee

Founded in 1931, Alex Lee, Inc is a family owned company based in Hickory, North Carolina.  Employing over 10,000 people, Alex Lee, Inc. is the holding company for three operating companies, Merchants Distributors, Inc. (MDI), Institution Food House, Inc. (IFH) and Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.  Locally owned and operated, Alex Lee, Inc. is the full service food distribution company with grocery wholesale distributors, foodservice distributors, and retail grocery stores.  More information on Alex Lee, Inc. can be found at www.alexlee.com

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